Jackpot
From the author of the New York Times bestseller Dear Martin --which Angie Thomas, the bestselling author of The Hate U Give, called "a must read"--comes a pitch-perfect romance that examines class, privilege, and how a stroke of good luck can change an entire life. Meet Rico: high school senior and afternoon-shift cashier at the Gas 'n' Go, who after school and work races home to take care of her younger brother. Every. Single. Day. When Rico sells a jackpot-winning lotto ticket, she thinks maybe her luck will finally change, but only if she--with some assistance from her popular and wildly rich classmate Zan--can find the ticket holder who hasn't claimed the prize. But what happens when have and have-nots collide? Will this investigative duo unite...or divide?Nic Stone, the New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin and Odd One Out, creates two unforgettable characters in one hard-hitting story about class, money--both too little and too much--and how you make your own luck in the world.

Jackpot Details

TitleJackpot
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 15th, 2019
PublisherCrown Books for Young Readers
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Jackpot Review

  • Laurie Anderson
    January 1, 1970
    Hold on to your seatbelts, you guys. I got an early peek and this book is amazing!!! A deeper review closer to the pub date, I promise!!
  • Mary H
    January 1, 1970
    Haven't read this yet, just combatting an absurd rating from someone else who has certainly not read it. Will update when I've actually read it.
  • Alexandra
    January 1, 1970
    Don’t pickup this book if you have things that need done . I repeat, DON’T PICKUP THIS BOOK IF YOU HAVE THINGS THAT NEED DONE.
  • aerial
    January 1, 1970
    Alright, I'm a total Nic Stone fan girl. I literally did football maneuvers in a ballroom to make sure I got this ARC. But, this one felt..off.The story is told from Rico's POV with side anecdotes from the winning lotto ticket, her little brother's toy soldier, and other inanimate objects in an effort to offset Rico's unreliability. I wanted a deeper exploration into her partner in crime's thoughts. I also didn't like the constant reminder of how poor she was. It was redundant and often came acr Alright, I'm a total Nic Stone fan girl. I literally did football maneuvers in a ballroom to make sure I got this ARC. But, this one felt..off.The story is told from Rico's POV with side anecdotes from the winning lotto ticket, her little brother's toy soldier, and other inanimate objects in an effort to offset Rico's unreliability. I wanted a deeper exploration into her partner in crime's thoughts. I also didn't like the constant reminder of how poor she was. It was redundant and often came across as melodramatic. (This coming from someone from a low socioeconomic background)Things I did love, Jess as a character was phenomenal and exactly who Rico needed to help her put her life in perspective. Also, the bathroom scene with Rico and her mom was done to perfection. All that to say, I'm still a total Nic Stone fangirl, but I didn't love Rico with the same vigor and gusto that I loved Jupiter Charity-Sanchez.
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  • Slaa!!!
    January 1, 1970
    OMG THIS BOOK. MY FEELINGS MY HEART THIS BOOK
  • OfCursesandBooks
    January 1, 1970
    4.75**
  • Jillian Jones
    January 1, 1970
    I was very fortunate to be able to read Jackpot by Nic Stone as a ARC and I must say I was not disappointed. Not that I thought I would be, because it’s Nic Stone and she’s a great author obviously. Jackpot is a great young adult story of Rico Danger (pronounced Don-gur) and Alexander (Zan) Macklin, two unlikely partners who adventure on a journey to find a winning lottery ticket that hasn’t been claimed yet. I really liked this novel a lot! The complexities of winning the lottery and what someo I was very fortunate to be able to read Jackpot by Nic Stone as a ARC and I must say I was not disappointed. Not that I thought I would be, because it’s Nic Stone and she’s a great author obviously. Jackpot is a great young adult story of Rico Danger (pronounced Don-gur) and Alexander (Zan) Macklin, two unlikely partners who adventure on a journey to find a winning lottery ticket that hasn’t been claimed yet. I really liked this novel a lot! The complexities of winning the lottery and what someone would do with that much money are some of the layers I enjoyed throughout this book, but I also I really loved the portrayal of status divide and how it can impact relationships. Jackpot was definitely a great read and I’m excited for its release in October 2019!
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  • Brigid Kapuvari
    January 1, 1970
    Official Rating: 3.75 starsInitial Reaction (6/27/19):Oh boy. This . . . this is going to take a hot second for me to review. There’s a lot to unpack. Jackpot definitely made me think, which is exactly what I wanted, but let’s just say . . . I was not the biggest fan of the character who was making me think - for reasons to be explained.Review (6/28/19):All right. So, first things first, Jackpot tells the story of a girl named Rico Danger, who comes from a lower class family. She's had to sacrif Official Rating: 3.75 starsInitial Reaction (6/27/19):Oh boy. This . . . this is going to take a hot second for me to review. There’s a lot to unpack. Jackpot definitely made me think, which is exactly what I wanted, but let’s just say . . . I was not the biggest fan of the character who was making me think - for reasons to be explained.Review (6/28/19):All right. So, first things first, Jackpot tells the story of a girl named Rico Danger, who comes from a lower class family. She's had to sacrifice a lot in order to help her single Mother keep their heads above the murky waters of debt, including a solid education, genuine friendships with people her own age, and a life period. School. Work. Home. Repeat. That's what Rico's entire existence is like, with absolutely no hope of change. That is, until Rico realizes that she may or may not have given a kind, older black lady the the ticket to win a lottery of 1.6 million buckaroos, and said lady has yet to cash it in. Then, Rico becomes fixated on finding the woman, alerting her to the substantial load in her grasp, hoping that she herself can get a portion of the reward in the end.Rico collaborates with her wildly rich, (not unpleasant-looking) classmate, Zan-the-man, to garner information in order to find this woman before the deadline for the lotto arrives. What Rico does not expect is for this mission to turn into a journey of self-discovery, becoming aware of the effect of money on mankind - how someone's sense of self-worth is impacted as a consequence.Now, as I stated in my initial reaction, I picked up this book because I knew that it was going to force me to think. I loved Dear Martin because it provided me with insight on police brutality and an authentic account of the fear that resides within the black community every day as a result. With Jackpot, I also knew that I would learn - about the dangers of the lottery, about the trials of money, about privilege and the things that one might take for granted, about how to be a better person, unbiased and reflective. I am a middle-class civilian, so I live relatively comfortably, not consistently worrying about making end's meet. The other day, my mom made a comment about not having a big enough house, yet among all of my closest friend, I am the one with the biggest, neatest house. That being said, while I was reading this book, I was immediately prompted to say, "Mom, we do have a big enough house. We are so blessed to have what we have. You're just comparing our livelihood to those of your upper-class friends." My mom merely looked at me in response, but still, it was not a rebuttal. She knew what I said was true. Right there, the fact that I needed to correct my mother's ignorant statement when I could've simply let it slide, shows the sheer magnitude of this Nic Stone's work. It's so important to think beyond our own personal bubble because it's when we put ourselves into other people's shoes and understand how their train of thought differs from ours - what problems are prevalent in the world that we may push to the back burner because it does not directly affect us - that the engines of change are finally fueled. I am thankful for Jackpot for making it known to me the burdens of less fortunate than I, how their perception of things may diverge from mine, and how I can possibly use my own privilege to help them (with permission).Sadly, I could not rate this book any higher because my reading experience was tainted by the fact that the protagonist, Rico, could be . . . a tad too judgmental. Though I understand her criticism towards other characters, she possesses her own prejudices, and I wish that she would have been called out more on them than she was. There needed to be more of a balance, but I will expand on that at a later date.FULL REVIEW TO COME CLOSER TO PUBLICATION DATE.
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  • Michele
    January 1, 1970
    Having just watched the classic: Pretty in Pink, I couldn't help but draw some comparisons to Blane and Andi. Rico is hopeful that if she had more money, she would have more freedom and opportunities. Zan's family has a lot of money, but he still feels like his choices are limited. He has strong opinions on how people handle their finances, but Rico thinks he can't really identify with what it means to truly not have enough to make ends meet. I felt like their cute romance was secondary to the Having just watched the classic: Pretty in Pink, I couldn't help but draw some comparisons to Blane and Andi. Rico is hopeful that if she had more money, she would have more freedom and opportunities. Zan's family has a lot of money, but he still feels like his choices are limited. He has strong opinions on how people handle their finances, but Rico thinks he can't really identify with what it means to truly not have enough to make ends meet. I felt like their cute romance was secondary to the lottery ticket and how those winnings could drastically change the direction of their seemingly already determined futures. Her unexpected friendship with Jess reinforces that judgement and preconceived notions can go both ways: no one has a perfect life, everyone is going through something. I liked the ending, and I didn't really see it coming. Since the story was told from Rico's point of view, I enjoyed the inanimate objects telling a piece of the story we might not otherwise get to understand.
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    Rico is poor, but proud, Zan is rich and kind of pushy and together they make a very complicated couple. To make things even more interesting there’s an unclaimed lottery ticket, Rico is sure she knows who bought it, but she needs Zan’s help finding that person. This is a touching story of two teens experiencing each other’s worlds, Rico’s poverty and Zan’s wealth. Thank you BEA and Random House Young Adult Books for the ARC
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  • Sami
    January 1, 1970
    Your new favorite Nic Stone novel has everything: mystery, a slow-burn romance, and enough laugh out loud moments to make you forget the underlying tension in this book about poverty. By the end of the novel, however, you'll be wondering how you fit into the equation and questioning yourself as much as Rico and Zan. Put this one high on your TBR and prepare for the epic highs and lows of Stone's finest novel to date.
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  • Sandy O'Brien
    January 1, 1970
    Rico’s days consist of school, work, & then going home to take care of her little brother Jax. She works to help keep her family afloat & on top of all of their everyday bills.•On Christmas Eve the jack-pot winning lottery ticket is sold at the Gas ‘N’ Go where she works & Rico believes that is just the luck she needs, which leads her to ask for help from an unlikely source, Zan. Zan is the golden boy and filthy rich.They start on a journey to find the missing lottery ticket, but alo Rico’s days consist of school, work, & then going home to take care of her little brother Jax. She works to help keep her family afloat & on top of all of their everyday bills.•On Christmas Eve the jack-pot winning lottery ticket is sold at the Gas ‘N’ Go where she works & Rico believes that is just the luck she needs, which leads her to ask for help from an unlikely source, Zan. Zan is the golden boy and filthy rich.They start on a journey to find the missing lottery ticket, but along the way form a friendship that is completely unexpected.•Nic did a great job of exploring class & poverty along with the ways that it affects families. I would highly recommend this story and will add that it *might* be my new favorite book by her. It is a MUST read!!
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  • Mackenzie Lauka
    January 1, 1970
    A wonderfully fun story about a girl trying to find the owner of a winning lotto ticket. With the help of a particularly enigmatic boy she goes on this quest and learns a lot about herself along the way.
  • Cody Roecker
    January 1, 1970
    I feel like I won the lottery reading this book so early. So, so, so, so effing good. Nic is one of the funniest YA authors in the game right now and this book has the same level heart, humor, and gut-punching power. I loved every moment
  • Jaime Leroy
    January 1, 1970
    Really 3.5 stars. It took me a little longer than I had hoped to become invested in the story, but once I hit the halfway point, it went quickly and was a fun read. I like that the ending is hopeful, but would have loved an epilogue to tell me what becomes of the two main characters.
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  • Joi
    January 1, 1970
    I was fortunate enough to receive an arc of this novel during TLA. This novel was excellent read. It was a great blend of excitement and romance. I don’t want to give too much away but I will post my full review once the novel is released
  • Angela Shores
    January 1, 1970
    Fast paced storyline that keeps you reading. A don’t want to put down kind of read. While I like that the ending isn’t all happily-ever-after perfect, I was a little bummed at how it played out just a tad. I think I wanted a other chapter or two.
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to someone on Twitter I was able to get hold of an early copy!I have to say the best books are the ones you did know you even wanted to read until you do and you love it!
  • Ann Kareen
    January 1, 1970
    This was so good when I read it but I don't want to spoil it because I had an advanced readers copy. You will enjoy everything about it.
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